Published June 17, 2007 by
Did you know that the social security administration keeps a running tally of the most popular names given to new baby girls each year? When the proud parents apply for a social security number for their new little one, the SSA puts it in their database. Each year they release a list of the most popular names across the United States and they even break it down into most popular names state by state. If you want to see where you or your child’s name ranked on this year’s list, just visit the Social Security website.
In 2006, the top 10 U.S. baby girl’s names in order of popularity were Emily, Emma, Madison, Isabella, Ava, Abigail, Olivia, Hannah, Sophia and Samantha. If you had twin girl’s in 2006, you likely went with one of the top names for twin girl’s handed out in the U.S. – Ella & Emma, Madison & Morgan, Gabriella & Isabella, or Faith & Hope.
Of course, the popularity of given names varies by state as cultural background and ethnicity play significant roles in the baby name selection process. Take the name Mia for instance, it was the #1 most popular girl’s name in Arizona and the 4th most popular name given to girls in California. However, Mia ranked 13th overall in the U.S. In Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota, the name Grace ranked in the top 5 while it ranked 17th overall in the U.S.